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UPDATE 1-La Nina conditions to continue, but odds lower into winter -U.S. forecaster

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Aug 11 (Reuters) - Chances for La Niña are expected to gradually decrease from 86% in the coming season to 60% during December-February 2022-23, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday.

The La Niña weather pattern is characterized by unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

"While a majority of NMME models suggest that La Niña will transition to ENSO-neutral in January-March 2023, forecasters are split on this outcome resulting in equal forecast probabilities for that season," the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center said.

El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)-neutral conditions refer to periods in which neither El Nino nor La Nina is present, often coinciding with the transition between the two weather patterns, according to the center. (Reporting by Kavya Guduru in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Porter and David Evans)

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